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Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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Encyclopedia of Music in Canada

Glossary of Musical Terms

General Online Resources

Jazz Improv Primer

Music Map

The Genealogy and History of Popular Music Genres from Origin till Present (1870-2016).

SVMusicology Map of Female Composers

The map of Woman Composers is an interactive resource that tries to recover, make visible and give value to the figure of women composers. The bios of the composers (mostly Wikipedia) includes their websites and Spotify links.

Every Noise at Once

This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1716 genres by Spotify. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.

Click anything to hear an example of what it sounds like.

Click the » on a genre to see a map of its artists.

Music Theory

Music Theory Net

Games to learn music theory.

Teoria: Music Theory Web

Tutorials and exercises to learn music theory



Besides being able to download professional free software to create, play and print Sheet music, you can listen as your choice of score plays, without needing to download anything.


Noteflight's online notation editor is easy to use, customizable, and ready for professional use anywhere you are; on any device.

Classical Music

An online collection of free scores of both classical vocal and instrumental music. This page allows you to browse by composer, instrument, form and/or time period.

Eastman School of Music Scores
Scores and books in the public domain. Many of these are unique to Eastman's Sibley Music Library collection.

Juilliard Manuscript Collection
A collection of digitized autograph manuscripts, sketches, engravers' proofs, and first editions of great interest to performers and scholars. There is also a downloadable comprehensive list (in .pdf format) offering detailed information about each manuscript in the collection. Among the collection's highlights are the late engraver's proof of Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the final scene of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro."

The Classical String Quartet, 1770-1840
The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University has about forty collections of string quartets in parts dating from approximately 1770-1840, the heyday of the genre. Most, though not all, scores are complete and represent composers whose works are rarely found in modern editions. Digitization of these parts makes newly available for performance, study and recording a large and varied repertoire of works for this instrumental ensemble.

Chopin Early Editions (University of Chicago Library Digital Collections)
According to the website, "the Chopin collection at the University of Chicago Library includes over 400 first and early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin, maintained in the Special Collections Research Center. Because Chopin's works were often published concurrently in several countries with variant texts, scholars can establish a sequence of publication by comparing a range of printings." This online resource is a digitized version of U. Chicago's collection of Chopin scores available in many different editions.

Digital Mozart Edition: Neue Mozart Ausgabe Online
The DME, currently in development, will provide world wide access to the complete works of Wolfgang Amadé(us) Mozart (1756–1791) in digital form via the internet for study and performance purposes. In addition to the presentation of all works of music online, the DME will include a critical edition of letters, documents and libretti as well. The Mozart Institute is also preparing text and image files, reference lists, a database of sources, as well as a catalog of works which will be placed online as part of the DME.


Recording Guides, Discographies, and Reviews

All Music
This online resource offers reviews of classic, new, and upcoming music albums in a wide range of genres and/or styles. Although it covers many different genres, it has a particularly extensive selection of pop/rock/R&B recordings. "All Music" also offers brief overviews of various musical genres and subgenres. For instance, it includes a guide to the American musical theater, discussing its roots and offering a list of works (and recordings) by some of the most prominent composers/contributors to this stage tradition. Each CD listing also offers a guide to "related albums" and artists, helping to widen and personalize the viewer's search. Many, but not all, of the recordings listed on the website are available for free online streaming. In addition to the album guides and reviews, this website includes interviews with artists, whimsical lists (e.g. "Top 20 Album Covers Featuring Denim"), and other brief articles and website "features."

MusicBrainz Database
This online music resource offers extensive information about artists in a variety of music genres (linking to Wikipedia biographies or mini-bios.), as well as comprehensive discographies, recording label information (e.g.: EMI records), recording medium (CD, LP, digital, etc.) and links to fan pages and official artist websites, etc. Like Wikipedia, the idea behind MusicBrainz is that users may contribute as they see fit to this ongoing, collaborative encyclopedic endeavor. Note that MusicBrainz cautions users that while it does store extensive data about music recordings it does not store the recordings themselves which must be accessed elsewhere. (See, for instance, the "All Music" database listed above which includes some free access to recent recordings).

World music recordings

The James Koetting Ghana Field Recordings Collection
Currently the largest collection of field recordings from Ghana in the 1970s. Includes ethnomusicologist James Koetting's extensive fieldnotes, recordings, and photographs.

The Global Jukebox
Interactive web portal with recordings of more than 6,000 folk songs from around the world that Alan Lomax recorded or acquired.

Global Music Archive
The Global Music Archive is a multi-media reference archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music, and dance of Africa and the Americas.

Historic recordings

National Jukebox Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress. Includes audio recordings of vocal and instrumental classical music, opera, world music, popular music, and religious music. One of its special features is an online copy of the 1919 edition of the "Victrola Book of the Opera", an interactive facsimile featuring summaries of hundreds of operas and recordings of early 20th-century singers.

Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings Virtual Gramophone is a multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound, providing an overview of the 78-rpm era in Canada. The database contains information for 78-rpm and cylinder recordings released in Canada from 1900 to 1950, as well as foreign recordings featuring Canadian artists and/or compositions. Each database record provides information about an original recording, such as its title and performer, relevant dates, and details about the label and disc.

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive This searchable database of over 10,000 cylinders owned by the UCSB Library features all types of recordings made from the late 1800s to early 1900s, including popular songs, vaudeville acts, classical and operatic music, comedic monologues, ethnic and foreign recordings, speeches and readings.

Sound recordings

The Internet Archive: Audio Archive
This collection features virtual record labels found in the Netlabels collection, the unique contemporary compositions and performances found in the Other Minds collection, and the hundreds of popular songs from the early 20th Century found in the 78 RPM collection.

92nd Street Y On Demand
A New York-based Jewish cultural and community center featuring a free "on demand" collection of videos and podcasts dating from the 1940s to current. This highly varied collection includes videos of concerts and interviews with musicians as well as other arts and entertainment related podcasts.